When I was trying to choose my next sewing project, I knew that I wanted to try one of the fabulous sew alongs available on many sewing blogs. Sometimes (every time?) I want step by step guidance so I can complete a project without drowning in a sea of confusion. I also wanted to work on separates (instead of a dress). Lastly, I wanted to work with jersey again since I was happy with my last two projects using knit fabric (Vogue 8390 Version 1 and Version 2).
I came across a sew along on Fashion Sewing Blog that looked like it fit the bill: New Look 6648 Sew Along. This sew along includes lots of clear pictures that take you through the crucial steps of making this top.
The New Look 6648 Shirt Sewing Pattern is a loose-fitting top that still looks flattering. It has wide sleeves and a wide waistband that falls to your hips. It looks cute and casual. It is highly recommended on Pattern Review by many reviewers. In short, it was a perfect candidate for my next sewing project!
In the end, this top came out… big. Really big. The neck is huge on me. Its less of a scoopneck and more of an off the shoulder top. I don’t have narrow shoulders at all, so that’s not the problem. The neck band fit perfectly so I didn’t mess up there. I guess I just made the wrong size and I should have made it smaller.
Next time I make view A, I am going to consider a smaller size and also grading to a smaller size at the neckline if possible.
The other thing I am going to do is mark the fold line on the waistband pattern piece more clearly. I think that hand basting the line would work, or maybe using a tracing wheel and dressmakers’ tracing paper. You need to clearly see the fold line to make your side gathers on the waistband the correct size.
I did like the pattern, and I think that I will make it again soon in a different version. It was fairly quick to sew (allowing for my glacier-like pace of course). It is good practice for beginning to learn how to sew with knit fabrics.
When quickly researching this top, I found that many people had made great versions of New Look 6648. Peacock Chic made a fun, bright yellow version that I love but I could never ever wear that color! I’ve never worn yellow AT ALL. She looks great though! She says that the shoulder measurements seemed big too.
Girls in the Garden have made this shirt several times, with fabulous results every time. I would love to find a border print fabric like they did to make this shirt. Yarn Crawl did a cute version of this top, using view A like I did. I love it!